What is the Broken Heel Festival?

The Broken Heel Festival is a tribute and celebration of the icon Australian film, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. It celebrates the anniversary of the films original release date 8th September 1996.

How long does the festival go for?

It’s a 3 day event with a programme of acts and activities that runs day & night, it kicks off with a launch party on Friday night and continues until into the late hours of Sunday evening.

What can we expect to see and do at the Festival?

There will be events, activities and parties all weekend.

All weekend we are running a Drag Cabaret stage which will be filled with sensational drag queen acts from all over Australia.

Friday night is our Opening Night festivities. We have a fabulous Priscilla tribute Show that will open Four Main Stage Friday & Saturday night. Our headline act is none other than Cindy Pastel.

Saturday offers a Chicken and Champagne breakfast, you can check out the local community markets, get a copy of the local rag – The Barrier Daily Truth – and check out the trash and treasure at the local garage sales.

Join us again at midday in the town square where you’ll see and participate in the “Lap of the Main Drag in Drag” competition where you get to join the locals and strut your stuff up the city’s main drag!

Our headline act for Saturday night is the Divine Diva herself, Trevor Ashley. Afterwards we end of the night with a dance party under the desert stars at the Palace Hotel, “GLITTERBOMB“ which will be hosted by internationally renowned DJ Kitty Glitter.

There’s never a dull moment.

Sunday we venture to Silverton where photo opportunities are aplenty and you’ll have the chance to check out a heap of local artists or just relax and unwind watching the acts and entertainment. 

Check out the full programme regularly as we are constantly announcing new artists,

Where is the festival held?

The festival is held in Broken Hill, NSW, Australia. Most of the events are held at the Palace Hotel which was where a lot of the filming of Priscilla Queen of the Desert took place.

Saturday we offer an all ages event in the local town square and Sunday will give you the opportunity to explorre Silverton where you’ll also be entertained by a range of fabulous acts.

To see the full program of Artists and Entertainment check out our Programme and Meet the Artists pages.

When will the full agenda be published ?

We are just locking down our headline acts now darling. Then we are finalizing the full Festival Programme. We usually like to have the Full Programme published by late May / early June.

Coming by plane, train, automobile - what would you recommend?

REX Regional Express is the only airline flying in to Broken Hill. You could always stop in Mildura and drive the remaining 3 hours with a hire car. The landscape is breathtaking.

REX offers direct flights from Sydney and Adelaide, but via Melbourne, you will stop in Mildlura.

Check out Great Southern Rail, they run trains through Broken Hill.

Then of course if you are really adventurous and want to recreate the Priscilla experience. Leave from the Imperial Hotel in Sydney and drive your way across the wide brown and red landscape. Just don’t take any unplanned shortcuts across the desert

Where is best to book accommodation?

The Palace Hotel on Argent Street is where the festival is held. Our accommodation options are very limited now and we are almost booked out. Only shared bathroom rooms are available. A quick Google search for Broken Heel accommodation will provide you with a variety of options depending on budget. The Festival is held right on the main Drag, close proximity is always recommended for a swift stumble home.

How dressed up are we talking? Do you need outfits for every day or just the party? Do these outfits need to be drag?

Getting dressed up is not compulsory for the Festival. You can wear whatever you like. Some people go all the way and make a full effort with makeup styling and costume. Others just wear casual clothes. It will all depend on how much you’d like to stand out or blend in darling. Have a look at the 2016 festival photo gallery for ideas.

How can we buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased via Moshtix, here is the link: